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Study results about Latvian schoolchildren urge immediate action

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«OECD’s study about the level of knowledge of Latvian schoolchildren urges immediate action. We cannot stop with average results – we have few youngsters, and we cannot afford to give them secondary education,» – said Chairman of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee Lolita Cigane and head of Education, Culture and Science Committee Ilze Vinkele.

Both committees gathered for a joint meeting on 18 January to review Latvia’s results in OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and their influence on the country’s education policy, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

«The study has given Latvia’s education system a diagnosis – it points to segregation between cities and countryside, gymnasiums and primary schools, as well as boys and girls. The most painful matter in the reformation of Latvia’s education system will concern the school network and the level of education quality in cities and the countryside,» – Vinkele said.

«The good news is that our education system helps equalize socio-economic differences, pulling up children from poor families. Unfortunately, schools in the countryside remain behind,» – Cigane said.

Andris Kangro, Professor of the University of Latvia and head of OECD PISA in Latvia, said that the competence of Latvian schoolchildren in natural sciences, mathematics and reading complies with the average level among OECD member states or is close to it. Accomplishments of Latvia schoolchildren in mathematics are close to their counterparts in Spain, Luxembourg, Malta, Lithuania and Hungary. «In terms of reading, our country’s children demonstrate similar results to children in China, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Russia, Croatia, Austria and Italy. In natural sciences, results of Latvian schoolchildren are similar to those in USA, Austria, France, Sweden, Czech Republic, Spain and Russia,» – Kangro said.

He explains that girls in Latvia are superior to boys when it comes to reading and natural sciences. In mathematics, however, accomplishments between boys and girls are equal. Accomplishments of Latvian schoolchildren in countryside schools remain behind children in cities.

He recommends raising the quality of Latvian education, optimizing the school network and developing regions in an equal manner.

Guntars Catlaks, Director of the State Education Content Centre, mentioned that there are many Latvian schoolchildren that demonstrated average levels. There aren’t many that demonstrated great results. One of the challenges that surfaced thanks to the study is the gradual strengthening of competence-based approach to primary education.

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